Without the internet, I doubt the increased interest in world soccer would have happened in the United States. In the 1990's no one ever asked me if I followed the EPL. Now everyone I meet does. But I still don't.
The New York Cosmos were the team I followed as a kid. Now they are back, kind of? I don't really know. I have not gotten into Major League Soccer because the New York (or New Jersey, as it is) team never appealed to me.